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Jugglingjemima Sun 31-Jul-11 12:07:33

I say garridge. Dp gets annoyed with this. He says garaje. I think that is French. I have asked him about what people enter into following a wedding. A marraje? I have asked him how the Queen travels on state occasions? In a carraje? Please clear this up before he gets into a raje, and I get into a ridge. (I have never had a garaje, nor a garridge, but sometimes I have had to take a car to a garridge)
(Don't say it doesn't matter; I have been practically housebound for the last two weeks)

PeopleCallMeTricky Sun 31-Jul-11 12:09:14


MrsSippy Sun 31-Jul-11 12:09:46

yeah, garridge

stupefy Sun 31-Jul-11 12:12:09

Garridge of course!

squeakytoy Sun 31-Jul-11 12:12:33

carriage, marriage.... erm its not gariage grin

I am northern and I say garridge... I live down south and it is a mixture here, but I would say most say garridge and just the posher ones say gararge..

iklboo Sun 31-Jul-11 12:14:03

Garridge. 'nuther Northerner though.

CurlyBoy Sun 31-Jul-11 12:14:45

"Garaje" is also how Americans pronounce it. After living 9 years in Yorkshire I now say it the right proper way!

sparkle12mar08 Sun 31-Jul-11 12:15:18

It's gararge where I live now, but garridge where I grew up. It's just an accent, nothing to argue over.

Madlizzy Sun 31-Jul-11 12:15:26

You're both right, as the pronunciation is regional.

squeakytoy Sun 31-Jul-11 12:15:53

just out of interest... where do you get your petrol from.. because I go to the garage/garridge to get mine, and we always called it that.. but most people say petrol station.... yet my husband, (born and bred suvverner) says petrol garage... just to confuse it further!

Jugglingjemima Sun 31-Jul-11 12:15:57

carridge, marridge, homidge (unless in the sense that Princess Beatrice's hat may have been an 'omaje' to Isabella Blow).

Jugglingjemima Sun 31-Jul-11 12:17:10

(we run on liquid petroleum gas; half the price of petrol. Do not confuse the issue)

squeakytoy Sun 31-Jul-11 12:17:16

homage is definately homaRge... I would say..

YouDoTheMath Sun 31-Jul-11 12:17:36

BBC News magazine

RalphGnu Sun 31-Jul-11 12:18:27

It is garridge. If I heard someone say garaje I would probably have a little chuckle to myself. It all starts off innocently with garridge/garaje but could escalate into a tomayto/potahto situation and the whole thing might get called off.

Run! Run I tell you! grin

EauRouge Sun 31-Jul-11 12:19:26

DH is Canadian and says 'grAHje' almost like it is a one syllable word.
DM says 'GARahj'.
I am confused and either say 'GARridge', 'GARahje' or 'that building where we store all the crap that won't fit in the house'. 2.9 yo DD1 doesn't know how to pronounce it either but is sure that it belongs to daddy and tells me off if I go in there hmm

TidyDancer Sun 31-Jul-11 12:23:37

It's definitely garaje. Garridge is horrible! The only people I ever hear pronouncing it garridge are the ones who will drop their t's, etc. It's generally a mark of poor language quality.

Jugglingjemima Sun 31-Jul-11 12:24:09

(Canadians don't count in this one; I allow them their own (possibly authentically French-influenced, pronunciation)

Jugglingjemima Sun 31-Jul-11 12:26:22


RalphGnu Sun 31-Jul-11 12:26:25

Oi tidydancer, I don' drop mi tee's. It's a northern thing. What's oop wi thee?

PeopleCallMeTricky Sun 31-Jul-11 12:27:12

TidyDancer, poor language quality, you mean like using unnecessary apostrophes?

MrsKravitz Sun 31-Jul-11 12:28:37

I say gar aaaarj

Yama Sun 31-Jul-11 12:30:19

An ex of mine was from a posh family (Scottish, yes they do exist) and his father pronounced it garaje. Ex was quite miffed when I took the piss.

TidyDancer Sun 31-Jul-11 12:31:35

No, quite clearly I mean the spoken word, Tricky.


MrsSchadenfreude Sun 31-Jul-11 12:32:00

Jilly Cooper, in her book "Class" says that posh people pronounce it "garridge." It is the nouveau riche who pronounce it "gararj". So there.

(Should that be "nouveaux riches"?)

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